To nurture future leaders of Asia, the Kamenori Foundation brings together youth from various countries in Asia to participant in the Kamenori Earth Youth Summit (KEYS).
The goal of this summit is to promote mutual understanding among Asian countries and foster global perspectives and partnerships by exploring issues surrounding Asia together.
The Kamenori Earth Youth Summit Japan 2013 was co-hosted with the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai (in Sennan District of Osaka) and held on November 1, 2013. This year, there were a total of 27 participants, including 10 participants who major in Japanese language from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Thammasat University (Thailand), who were invited to participate along with Japanese university students and international students in Japan. Under the theme "Visions and Challenges for the Future of Asia", group research was done on four topics, including "economy", "education", "politics / society" and "environment". On the last day, November 4 (Monday), the results of this research was presented in front of a large audience at the Kwansei Gakuin Hall at Kwansei Gakuin University.
The students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Thammasat University (Thailand), who major in Japanese language in their home country, came to Japan on October 27th before the KEYS began, to receive Pre-Japanese lessons at the Japan Foundation until the morning of November 1st.
October 28th (Monday)
Orientation and icebreaking activities were held in the morning. After the students were relaxed and acquainted with each other, they experienced a cultural activity with Japanese drums in the afternoon. At first the sound of drums were somewhat awkward, but after 2 hours of practice they were able to perform a whole song very well.
October 29 (Tuesday)
On this day, the students learned how to speak in Osaka's local dialect. Because dialects are not taught in the textbooks of their home countries, the students were very enthusiastic to learn. In the afternoon they explored Kyoto and visited popular tourists sites such as Kinkakuji (The Golden Pavilion) and Kiyomizu Temple.
October 30 (Wednesday)
With a map and transportation route map in their hands, the students set off for Osaka City and used their Japanese skills to find their way to the Osaka Orienteering on their own.
October 31 (Thursday)
The students learned Japanese presentation and discussion skills, and held a mini presentation and practice discussion session on the morning of the next day to make final preparations for KEYS.
Kamenori Earth Youth Summit Japan 2013
November 1 (Friday)
Finally the students faced the first day of the Kamenori Earth Youth Summit 2013.
The Japanese and international university students living in Japan joined the group to make a total of 27 participants.
First, a keynote lecture was given by Professor Takamichi Mito of Kwansei Gakuin University's Law School about "Asia's Development in a Post Globalization World". Next, the students listened to a lecture by Professor Yasue Mochizuki of Kwansei Gakuin University's Law School on "Revisiting the Guarantee of Safety: Who's Safety We Must Protect". Finally, Professor Mito advised the students on how to proceed with the group research and prepare for the presentations.
November 2 (Saturday)
Professor Tritep of Thammasat University gave a lecture on "The Potential for a Sustainable Environment in Asia in 2025", and Professor Nagy of Chinese University of Hong Kong gave a lecture on "Imagining the Future of Asia" and the students were given time to think about the future of Asia from different perspectives. In the afternoon they moved to Kobe by bus and visited the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution. They viewed exhibitions that showed the experiences and lessons from the disaster which was gathered through the cooperation of many of the victims, residents and volunteers. The students learned about the importance of disaster preparation, the preciousness of life and how wonderful it is to live among others. Lastly, they enjoyed exploring tourist sites, such as the Ijinkan (foreigner's resident), of Kobe city.
November 3, (Sunday, Holiday)
This was a day for group research. The students had exchanged opinions by email before the summit, but with the presentations coming up the next day, their discussions heated up and they prepared through the night for their presentations.
November 4 (Monday)
The students moved to Kwansei Gakuin University to present the results of their group research. After Kwansei Gakuin University's Chancellor Ruth M. Grubel gave the welcoming address, the students began their presentations. The topic for the "economy" group was "Improving the Standard of Living Through FTA in Southeast Asia", the "education" group's topic was "Gap in Educational Opportunity and Economic Development", the "politics / society" group's topic was "Working in Asia ~ Immigration Policies for the Future of Asia", and the "environment" group's topic was "Recent Environmental Issues". Each group presented the issues and solutions for Asia's future.
After the presentations, Academic Advisor (of Kwansei Gakuin University) Professor Thomas Burkman, Professor John Rishton (of Kwansei Gakuin University), Professor Nagi, Professor Toraitape, and Academic Director Professor Mito gave positive feedback to the participating students, who had gathered from various countries around Asia, on their well thought-out presentations regarding the important issues Asia faces today.
Although it was a short time, the experience of working together and having meaningful discussions gave the participating university students a strong sense of achievement. This KEYS Japan 2013 reassured us that these students will surely lead the future of Asia.